Last Updated on September 3, 2021 by Daniel
Four months ago, I discovered Precision Pro Rangefinders and was instantly intrigued by the concept. The company aims to make high-quality rangefinders for a fraction of the price of their competitors.
It wasn’t until a couple of weeks ago, when I reviewed the Precision Pro NX7 Pro edition, that I tested the slope and vibration features.
At nearly half the price of models like Bushnell Tour V4, I was excited to put it through its paces and see how it performs.
By comparison, the Bushnell was fairly direct for the purposes of this review. As of this writing, it’s the best rangefinder I’ve reviewed thus far.
Therefore, let’s take a look at what we have.
PRECISION PRO NX7 RANGEFINDER: FEATURES
Upon receiving your NX7 and opening the box, you’ll notice that the packaging is a bit spartan – but that’s understandable given that the whole concept behind their brand is to keep costs down.
The box contains:
- The NX7 Pro
- A hard case
- A wriststrap
- Cloths for cleaning
- Warranty card
There you have it. This product is no-frills, but if it is as advertised, there is no need for any.
In terms of size and ergonomics, it was very similar to the Bushnell – and that’s a good thing. Despite its modest quality, it feels nice in the hand and is generally quite durable. While it may not have the high-end style of the Bushnell, I was pleasantly surprised by its level of construction.
PRECISION PRO NX7: PERFORMANCE
My device already had a battery in it, so when I started my tests on the driving range it was ready to go.
Using the device is incredibly easy because it only has two buttons:
- Power Button: Switches on the device and triggers the yardage measurement
- Mode Button: Switches between slope mode and non-slope mode
The fact that there are only two modes actually appeals to me. The more modes you have on a rangefinder, the more cumbersome they become, and we really only use them 98% of the time for getting an accurate distance, as quickly as possible.
To those of you unfamiliar with “slope” mode, it simply gives you the second yardage that is your “play as” number. Rangefinders can sense whether a pin is going uphill or downhill, so they automatically adjust based on that. As an example, if you’re 150 out and slightly downhill, it may show slope-adjusted yardage of 146.
The NX7 Pro differs from the Bushnell in that you only have to press it once to know the distance, rather than holding it down to obtain the data.
You can get distances down to a tenth of a yard which, let’s face it, isn’t really necessary for most people. It was nice, though, to feel like I knew the distance to an absolute tenth.
You’ll get confirmation that the yardage you’re getting is accurate when the NX7 Pro vibrates when it finds the yardage.
To me, a rangefinder must have a vibration or jolt feature. I like it a lot, and it makes it easy for me to get yardage easily and quickly. It has the same price range as this unit, so I was not a fan of the Golf Buddy LR5s.
Though it feels better than the double “jolt” of the Bushnell, the tactile feedback here isn’t as good. This is one of the primary areas in which I felt the Bushnell was of higher quality – despite the fact that describing a vibration as “cheap” may make no sense.
However, you’re looking at a device that’s half the price, so the fact that it includes it at all is a big plus in my book – and even if you weren’t comparing them directly, I wouldn’t have a problem with it.
This device is pretty quick from a speed standpoint. The device doesn’t quite match the Bushnell for speed, but you wouldn’t call it slow either.
WHAT ARE THE OPTICS LIKE?
One of the first questions potential buyers will ask is “how are the optics?”.”
It was a pleasant surprise to see the quality here. Using the 6x magnification, I was able to hit pins and accurately lock onto flags from as far as 350 yards away. Apparently, its stated range is 400 yards, and I am sure it can hit that mark, but I have not tested it.
The focus ring allows you to easily adjust the focus to fit your eye. Can it compete with a Bushnell optically?
What’s the short answer? Not at all.
Again, if I bought this and wasn’t comparing it directly to the Tour V4, I would have no complaints.
However, after using the NX7 Pro and then switching to the Bushnell, I found that the Bushnell’s 5x magnification was preferable to the Precision Pro’s 6x – this, of course, is a matter of personal preference.
Bushnell’s design appears more minimalist to me – which I enjoy. The NX7’s viewfinder might feel cramped because of the extra magnification, and there’s more to see with it.
NX7 PRO HAS ONE MAJOR ISSUE
Upon receiving my gadget, I was amazed by how well it worked – with one exception. Rather than getting accurate distances, I usually got 3-6 yard readings.
In the end, I assumed it was a software problem (spoiler: it wasn’t. It was a user error).
As soon as they sent out a replacement, I had the same problem.
We contacted their support team and discussed the issue. Then, we realized I would need to adjust the way I held the device.
Initially, I held it with my whole left hand wrapped around the device, but due to small gaps between my hand and device, it was registering my hand as a thumb, which resulted in incorrect yardage readings.
Having adjusted the way I hold the device, I have had zero issues with it, and am really impressed now that I have solved that issue. I haven’t experienced it with other rangefinders, but once you know what the problem is it’s not a big deal.
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At the moment, the Precision Pro NX7 Pro is available for $249, but that price drops to $199 with a $50 rebate.
Personally, I would pay an additional $50 for the pro version that includes slope and pulse technology. While I don’t typically use slope features, the vibration feedback is worth it to me.
With a price tag of $199, this is an excellent rangefinder. At a fraction of the cost of Bushnell Tour V4, it offers the same features.
There is no significant difference between ergonomics and feel.
Despite better optics, speed, and vibration, Bushnell still comes out on top. However, despite being better, it doesn’t outperform the competition dramatically. Much of it has to do with personal preference.
However, at a retail price of about $150 less, the NX7 is going to be incredibly appealing to a lot of people.